Monday, September 11, 2017

Homemade Mango Ice Cream Recipe

Growing up in tropical country, my husband and I got the privilege to enjoy different kind of mangoes: the sweet kind, the semi sweet kind: 'Manalagi' (my favorite), the sour one, and so on. I was very surprised when I moved to the U.S. and met a friend in college who never try mango. If you like my friend, please go ahead and buy one when you find it at supermarket. I promise it doesn't taste or smell strange like 'durian'. Who knows you might even like it. 

Anyway, we found very sweet mangoes at Costco lately and our boys love it so much. Max asked if I can make mango ice cream so they got the enjoy the mango longer. Great idea I thought so off I went to the kitchen. A day later it's done. My boys couldn't wait devour the fresh mango ice cream straight from the ice cream machine.

Now, they can't decide which one is their favorite: StrawberryVanillaChocolate, or mango ice cream. Hmmmm.... Give it a try, homemade mango ice cream with no preservative or addictive: 

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Indonesian Fried Fishcake / Empek-empek Bulat

When we were dating, my now hubby used to cook this for me and my roommates in college. It was so good, which make it easy for me to  say "yes" to his proposal. Just kidding. Like my grandma, he is a natural cook and doesn't cook with recipe so I have to stand beside him one day to write down all ingredients and steps while he was cooking this dish.     

A few times in a year, I take my deep fryer out from the garage to cook this or fried meatballs. My boys call them: "golden balls" and it's one of their favorite foods. I like to make a lot because I can use them in my soup as well.  

The process: mix all the ingredients with hands/ wooden spatula then make them into balls using two spoons :
After deep frying, let it cools, then enjoy with the sauce, diced cucumber, and boiled noodles.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Spicy Eggplant / Terong Balado

I have been enjoying bountiful tomatoes from the garden these past few days and looking for ways to use them up. I used about 5 cherry tomatoes on this dish. Yes!
Note: Some of the pictures are from my old archive.
The ingredients:

The ingredients with cute toddler (that's Max when he was still a toddler circa 2010)  

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Stir Fry Bitter Melon

Growing up in a tropical country, my mom told us eating this vegetable will make our blood taste bitter thus we won't get bitten by mosquitoes. As a result,I now loveeee bitter melon. So I was super excited when I found this veggie at the farmer market. Unfortunately, I couldn't get my hubby share my excitement until my local mom told me how to cook it to make it less bitter.

First, divide the bitter melon into two
then remove the inside with spoon:
Divide each part into 1/2 and slice into thin pieces

Sprinkle a tablespoon of salt,
Rub and mix the salt while applying little pressure with hand


Friday, June 2, 2017

Homemade Green Smoothies / Popsicles

I first heard about green smoothies from my neighbor Silvi. She told me that all I have to do is adding a handful of spinach when I make smoothies. I was worried about the taste but she convinced me that I won't even taste the spinach and she was right. The best part is seeing my boys consuming veggies enthusiastically.
 Easy Green Smoothies Recipe

green smoothies ingredients
The main cast: any fruits in season. I use berries, bananas, apples/ kiwi/ peach, yogurt, milk, ice cubes, baby spinach, and diluted honey-optional

Put them inside a blender 
 How to make green smoothies